Normally, I actually enjoy presidential politics and have very staunch political views. I simply choose not to share them here on this site or on social media. What’s the point?
Among the two engine manufacturers in the Verizon IndyCar Series, there has been pretty much a balance of power – at least when it comes to the number of cars they power. Honda and Chevrolet powered eleven cars each in the 2016 season.
Musical chairs seems to have become the main topic of the young IndyCar offseason. There are a few remaining seats left for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series grid, but they seem to be going quickly even though we still have almost two weeks to go in October. Some seats have not been officially declared open, but rampant speculation gives the perception that they are. As we all know, perception is reality.
There are topics that I know just enough about to be dangerous. TV ratings are one of them. I’ll probably regret stepping off into this realm, for fear of getting my head bitten off by those that do this for a living. But I’m going to give it a try.
We are just now to mid-October and the puzzle pieces are already falling into place to give us a fairly clear picture of what the grid will look like in 2017 for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Earlier this week, Sébastien Bourdais followed through with what had been predicted for weeks and signed with Dale Coyne Racing. As I said a couple of weeks ago, the move seems like a head-scratcher on the surface. However, it seems the uncertainty swirling at KVSH Racing was enough to force Bourdais to take a sure thing at a slightly lesser team than hang his hopes on a team that may or may not answer the bell next season.
As I mentioned last week, I attended a family reunion for relatives on my mother’s side of the family. At ninety-two and counting, she was the oldest living member and is the matriarch of the family. My mother led a very captivating talk on some of the history of our ancestors for the fifty-seven of us in attendance. To me, her talk on Saturday was the highlight of the weekend.
On Wednesday morning, we got confirmation of what so many of us had been speculating about for weeks – Josef Newgarden would be joining Team Penske for 2017, driving the No.2 car that had been driven by Juan Montoya for the past three seasons. Word has it that Montoya has been offered a one-off opportunity for Indianapolis with Team Penske, but he is looking elsewhere for full-time opportunities.